ABS-CBN franchise renewal: who will vote, process, results

MANILA, Philippines – The fate of ABS-CBN Corp. lies in the hands of more than 80 congressmen who will vote to grant or deny their 25-year franchise application in the committee level. Voting happens today, July 10 after the technical working group (TWG) presented the recommendations.

ABS-CBN franchise renewal: who will vote, process, results

Anakalusugan Party-list Rep. Mike Defensor said if voting will be done today, results are expected to be released immediately.

UPDATEHouse panel rejects ABS-CBN's 25-year franchise renewal bid

The joint House panel conducted 12 grueling hearings to cover 11 franchise renewal bills and tackle the allegations and issues surrounding the network's franchise.


The Lower House wrapped up the joint hearing on Thursday as Bayan Muna Party List Rep. Carlos Zarate and Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta (of Sagip party-list) summarized the arguments for pro and anti-ABS-CBN franchise renewal, respectively.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano had earlier urged lawmakers to cast their "conscience vote" in considering the granting of franchise to ABS-CBN. He said both the supporters and opposition of the franchise renewal should “open their minds” to the points of the other side.

UPDATE: The House of Representatives' TWG recommends denial of ABSCBN franchise application. A 'YES' vote means lawmaker agrees on TWG recommendation, otherwise, it favors for renewal of franchise.

BREAKING: Technical working group (TWG) denied application of ABS-CBN for franchise renewal.
Posted by The Summit Express on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Committee Level Summary on ABS-CBN's Franchise Renewal

YES 70 83%
NO 11 13%

Who will vote?

Aside from the 46 members of the Committee on Legislative Franchises, House leaders or ex-officio members will also vote for the first reading at the committee level.

Here's a list on how lawmakers voted on ABS-CBN franchise renewal:

1 Abante, Bienvenido Jr. M. Manila, 6th District NO
2 Aragones, Sol Laguna, 3rd District NO
3 Bolilia, Lianda B. Batangas, 4th   District NO
4 Bordado, Gabriel Jr. H. Camarines Sur, 3rd District NO
5 De Venecia, Christopher V.P. Pangasinan, 4th District NO
6 Hataman, Mujiv S. Basilan, Lone District NO
7 Maceda, Edward Vera   Perez Manila, 4th District NO
8 Quimbo, Stella Luz A. Marikina City, 2nd District NO
9 Santos-Recto, Vilma Batangas, 6th District NO
10 Tejada, Jose "Ping-Ping" I. North Cotabato, 3rd District NO
11 Zarate, Carlos Isagani T. Party List - BAYAN   MUNA NO
12 Abu, Raneo "Ranie" E. Batangas, 2nd District YES
13 Abueg-Zaldivar, Cyrille "Beng" F. Palawan, 2nd District YES
14 Acosta, Gil "Kabarangay Jr." A. Palawan, 3rd District YES
15 Albano, Antonio "Tonypet" T. Isabela, 1st District YES
16 Alfonso, Samantha Louise Vargas Cagayan, 2nd District YES
17 Arroyo, Juan Miguel Macapagal Pampanga, 2nd District YES
18 Bagatsing, Cristal L. Manila, 5th District YES
19 Baronda, Julienne "Jam" L. Iloilo City, Lone District YES
20 Barzaga, Elpidio Jr. F. Cavite, 4th District YES
21 Bautista, Claudine Diana D. Party List - DUMPER PTDA YES
22 Bondoc, Juan Pablo "Rimpy" P. Pampanga, 4th District YES
23 Castelo, Precious Hipolito Quezon City, 2nd District YES
24 Chipeco, Joaquin Jr. M. Calamba City, Lone District YES
25 Collantes, Ma.Theresa V. Batangas, 3rd District YES
26 Crisologo, Anthony Peter "Onyx" D. Quezon City, 1st District YES
27 Duterte, Paolo Z. Davao City, 1st District YES
28 Dy, Faustino Michael Carlos III T. Isabela, 5th District YES
29 Dy, Faustino V "Inno" A. Isabela, 6th District YES
30 Dy, Ian Paul L. Isabela, 3rd District YES
31 Estrella, Conrado III M. Party List - ABONO YES
32 Fariñas, Ria Christina G. Ilocos Norte, 1st District YES
33 Fernandez, Dan S. Laguna, 1st District YES
34 Fernando, Bayani F. Marikina City, 1st   District YES
35 Ferrer, Luis IV   "Jon-Jon" A. Cavite, 6th District YES
36 Garcia, Pablo John F. Cebu, 3rd District YES
37 Garin, Janette L. Iloilo, 1st District YES
38 Garin, Sharon S. Party List - AAMBIS-OWA YES
39 Gatchalian, Weslie Valenzuela City, 1st District YES
40 Gonzales, Aurelio Jr.   "Dong" D. (Allan Ty) Pampanga, 3rd District YES
41 Gullas, Eduardo "Eddie" R. Cebu, 1st District YES
42 Hernandez, Ferdinand   L. (J. F. Nograles) South Cotabato, 2nd   District YES
43 Herrera-Dy,   Bernadette "BH" Party List - BH YES
44 Hofer, Ann K. Zamboanga Sibugay, 2nd District YES
45 Lacson-Noel, Josephine Veronique R. (A. Calixto) Malabon City, Lone District YES
46 Madrona, Eleandro Jesus F. Romblon, Lone District YES
47 Malapitan, Dale "Along" R. Caloocan City, 1st District YES
48 Mangudadatu, Esmael G. Maguindanao, 2nd District YES
49 Marcoleta, Rodante D. Party List - SAGIP YES
50 Martinez, Eric M. Valenzuela City, 2nd District YES
51 Mendoza, Raymond Democrito C. Party List - TUCP YES
52 Nieto, John Marvin "Yul Servo" C. Manila, 3rd District YES
53 Nograles, Jericho Jonas B. Party List - PBA YES
54 Oaminal, Henry S. Misamis Occidental,   2nd District YES
55 Paduano, Joseph   Stephen "Caraps" S. Party List - ABANG LINGKOD YES
56 Palma, Wilter "Sharky" II Wee Zamboanga Sibugay, 1st District YES
57 Pichay, Prospero Jr. A. (Gonzales, Sandro ) Surigao del Sur, 1st   District YES
58 Pimentel, Johnny Ty   (F. Matugas) Surigao del Sur, 2nd District YES
59 Pineda, Enrico A. Party List - 1-PACMAN YES
60 Puno, Roberto V. (Mike Defensor) Antipolo City, 1st District YES
61 Remulla, Jesus Crispin C. Cavite, 7th District YES
62 Revilla, Strike B. Cavite, 2nd District YES
63 Romero, Michael L., Ph.D. (F. Datol) Party List - 1-PACMAN YES
64 Romualdez, Ferdinand Martin G. Leyte, 1st District YES
65 Romualdez, Yedda Marie K. Party List - TINGOG SINIRANGAN YES
66 Romualdo, Xavier Jesus D. Camiguin, Lone District YES
67 Savellano, Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Ilocos Sur, 1st District YES
68 Siao, Frederick W. Iligan City, Lone District YES
69 Singson, Jose Jr. "Bonito" C. Party List - PROBINSYANO AKO YES
70 Sy-Alvarado, "Kuya" Jose Antonio R. Bulacan, 1st District YES
71 Tan, Sharee Ann T. Samar, 2nd District YES
72 Teves, Arnolfo Jr. "Arnie" A. Negros Oriental, 3rd District YES
73 Tolentino, Abraham "Bambol" N. Cavite, 8th District YES
74 Unabia, Christian S. Misamis Oriental, 1st District YES
75 Valeriano, Rolando M. Manila, 2nd District YES
76 Villafuerte, Luis   Raymund Jr. "LRay" F. Camarines Sur, 2nd District YES
77 Villar, Camille A. Las Piñas City, Lone District YES
78 Yap, Eric Go Party List - ACT-CIS YES
79 Yu, Divina Grace C. Zamboanga del Sur, 1st District YES
80 Mercado, Roger G. Southern Leyte, Lone District YES
81 Tan, Alyssa Sheena P. Isabela, 4th District YES
82 Vargas, Alfred D. Quezon City, 5th District INHIBIT
83 Violago, Micaela S. Nueva Ecija, 2nd District INHIBIT
84 Garbin, Alfredo Jr. A. Party List - AKO BICOL ABSTAIN

Renewal process

The rules of the House state that one-fifth of all the members of a committee shall be present to constitute a quorum.

If a majority votes for the franchise, the committee will consolidate all the franchise applications into a single bill with the committee’s own inputs and recommendations.

The bill will then be presented to the plenary for further debates and another voting will ensue for the second and third readings.

If approved in the Lower House, its Secretary General shall transmit the bill to the Senate for concurrence. The Senate shall proceed to consider and vote on the bill. They may choose to write its own bill or adopt the House version, at its discretion. The House can also choose to adopt the Senate version.

Then, it will be enrolled for the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte. He can sign the bill, veto it or allow it to lapse into law.

Meanwhile, if the committee level rejects ABS-CBN's franchise, the network can file a motion for reconsideration or refile its franchise application.

Section 40 of the House Rules states that a committee member may still move for the reconsideration of the measure during the same meeting or on the succeeding day after the meeting, if ABS-CBN files a motion for reconsideration.

NTC orders

On May 5, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued cease and desist order following the expiration of ABS-CBN Corp. franchise.

The CDO covers 42 television stations operated by ABS-CBN across the country, including the main ABS-CBN Network, ABS-CBN Sports and Action, ten digital broadcast channels, 18 FM stations, and five AM stations.

On June 13, cable-and-satellite channel named Kapamilya Channel was launched resuming the productions of ABS-CBN's dramas and live entertainment shows and airing its entertainment, educational and current affairs programming, along with temporary movie blocks.

On June 30, the NTC and Solicitor General Jose Calida issued an alias CDO to stop operations of ABS-CBN TV Plus for its digital free-to-air channels on UHF Channel 43 in Metro Manila and some provinces. The agency also issued CDO against Direct Broadcast Satellite Service of ABS-CBN's affiliate Sky Cable Corporation.

— The Summit Express

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  1. ABS CBN deserve to be denied for another 25 year renewal of Franchise for violating the law. It shows that the law prevail. Shout out to Congressmen who voted No. You are the defenders of our constitution and interest of our most love country. You are not forgotten and your names will be written in 2022 election. Congratulations Honorable s for a job well done.

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